The 9 Best Laptops For College Students Under $500

Updated December 21, 2018 by Chase Brush

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We spent 25 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. So you just paid your tuition, bought all your books, and only have a few hundred bucks left in your bank account to buy one of your most important investments: a laptop. Luckily, there's hardly been a better time to find a budget model that will still let you perform all the tasks you need to inside and outside the classroom. Our list includes everything from netbooks to Chromebooks. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best laptops for college student under $500 on Amazon.

9. Asus VivoBook E203NA-YS03

8. HP Chromebook 14

7. Lenovo Flex 11

6. HP Stream 11

5. Acer Swift 1

4. Samsung Chromebook Plus

3. Lenovo IdeaPad 330

2. Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA

1. Acer Aspire E 15

Editor's Notes

December 18, 2018: There really has never been a better time to find an affordable, quality laptop. Our own selection is proof-positive of that -- we had to sift through literally dozens of sub-$500 models on the market right now in order to come up with a top 10 ranking. And while there may be many other options out there that are suitable for students' needs, these are the cream of the crop, whether because they're jam-packed with features or simply dirt cheap (or, more likely, because they're a combination of both). Special recognition goes to the number of Chromebooks that made the list -- by offering basic web-browsing and media-watching functionalities at rock-bottom prices, these machines have basically revolutionized the budget market.


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Last updated on December 21, 2018 by Chase Brush

Chase is a freelance journalist with experience working in the areas of politics and public policy. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, he is also a hopeless itinerant continually awaiting his next Great Escape.


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